October 2, 2014

Tuesday Evening Thread: Congratulations to Michele Roberts, NBA Players Union Executive Director

Wow, what a first!

The newly elected Executive Director of the National Basketball Association Players Union is an African-American woman!

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Michele A. Roberts, a Partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates was elected late last evening in Las Vegas, where thirty-two of the thirty-six possible votes were cast in her favor by team representatives and NBPA executive committee members.  Roberts was the clear winner among the final three candidates for the position, which included Dallas Mavericks Chief Executive Officer Terdema Ussery and tech industry Chief Executive Officer Dean Garfield.

Michele A. Roberts is the first female to be elected to the highest position of a major sport’s players association within the United States.

“On behalf of the NBA, I would like to congratulate Michele Roberts on her appointment as the NBPA’s new Executive Director and look forward to working with her and the NBPA Executive Committee to ensure the continued health and growth of our game,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in a statement following the election of Roberts.  ”The partnership between our players and teams is the backbone of the league, and we are eager to continue working with the Players Association to build this relationship. 

A 2011 article in Washingtonian magazine referred to her as a “renowned trial lawyer” who “is known for dazzling juries.”

According to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Roberts was the choice of NBPA president, and Clippers point guard, Chris Paul, who rounded up the votes amid a somewhat contentious meeting of union executive committee members and player representatives from NBA teams.

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The Clippers guard said he was impressed by Roberts’ grace under fire, fresh ideas and quiet resolve during an extensive interview process.

“Today, we started out by telling the players how monumental today was,” said Paul, the president of the players’ association. “We’ve never had this amount of players here for a meeting, to give their input and feedback. After all the hours and time [put in by] our executive committee, along with an amazing search committee that helped throughout this process, it’s an unbelievable feeling to have the wonderful Michele Roberts now as a part of our team.”

Paul said Roberts was flush with fresh ideas.

“One particular member from our search committee … asked her a very tough question in the interviews and [vice president] Roger [Mason Jr.] almost fell out of his seat after she finished giving her answer,” Paul said. “Even though she’s a female, she’s very relatable to a lot of our players. I think that’s what really hit home for not only myself but some of these other guys as well.”

Roberts said she would assemble a management team to run the union, perhaps even changing the union bylaws, before diving into negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement. The players can opt out of the current CBA after the 2016-17 season.

“They’ve got their union back, and I’m going to make sure that they are empowered to take their union exactly where they want their union to go,” Roberts said. “It’s going to be a team that’s going to empower them to be able to do their business as they decide.

“I am a bad woman, but I’m not that bad,” Roberts said. “We are going to have a team, a very strong team, what I call a team of gladiators, that’s going to help these men and women, again, go in the direction they choose to go. It’s a new day. It’s not a one-person, Superman, ‘I’ve got this.’ It’s going to be a team.”

That was exactly what the executive committee seemed to like about Roberts’ vision.

 

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  • rikyrah

    A partner at Skadden Arps……DAMN!
    She is fierce

  • GreenLadyHere

    Good EVENING POU FAM♥ – — -***BIG HUG** :>)

    – – –The STATS- – – -SPEAK:- – -. . . where thirty-two of the thirty-six
    possible votes were cast in her favor by team representatives and NBPA executive committee members.
    – –NO DOUBT –here. :>)

    —– —Luvin’ this: – -“I am a bad woman, but I’m not that bad,”
    Roberts said. “We are going to have a team, a very strong team, what I call a team of gladiators,. . .
    - – – -SETTIN’ the STAGE!! – -:>)

    – – — -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TrrAikxy-M

    – – – — CONGRATULATIONS♥- – -With MUCH PRIDE♥ :>) —

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    • TyrenM

      A Gladiator… It’s Handled!

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — SUCCESSFUL – —VOTE – —Woo! Hoo! :>)

    – – –Senate confirms McDonald to head VA- – –

    – — – –The Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly confirmed President Obama’s pick to run the scandal-plagued Veterans Affairs Department.

    The chamber approved former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald in a 97-0 vote, with lawmakers from both parties expressing confidence that he would reform the troubled agency.
    “Mr.McDonald will bring two very important qualities to the position,” Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said. “He is familiar with the military as well as the needs of veterans … [and] he will bring the tools of a CEO at a private corporation to the VA.”

    – – – –SNIP- – –

    President Obama also praised the vote in a statement.

    “As a veteran himself and a proud member of a military family, Bob is deeply committed to serving our veterans and their families,” he said.
    “And as an executive with decades of private-sector experience, he is uniquely equipped to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, and to help change the way the VA does business.

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    http://www.today.com/video/today/55747621#55747621

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — -SANCTIONS on RUSSIA — —

    – – – -Ex-Im bank suspends deals with Russia- —

    The Export­-Import Bank is suspending all deals with Russia and Russian companies as part of President Obama’s increased sanctions against Moscow.

    An Ex-Im official told The Hill that bank officials said they have not approved any medium- or long-term transactions with Russian companies since February as a result of the crisis in Ukraine.

    Officials have also immediately halted all potential new deals with Russia because of an “expected increased risk that retaliatory actions and other anticipated events will materially affect reasonable assurance of repayments from legal entities in the Russian Federation.”

    On Tuesday, Obama announced that the U.S. and Europe were expanding sanctions to target key sectors of the Russian economy after the downing last week of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
    – – – –SNIP —

    House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) said the Treasury Department had notified him that they were suspending Ex-­Im assistance for Moscow.

    Hensarling, a strong critic of the bank, said the president had made “the right decision.”
    THERE IS MORE– —

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  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥- – – WHA’???- — –
    – – -Images show NYPD officer putting pregnant woman in chokehold- –
    – – -In a matter of days, a number of cases have been reported involving chokehold incidents by officials from the New York City Police Department.

    The latest case in this string of events involves a pregnant woman
    who was allegedly placed in a chokehold by an unidentified NYPD official after she was accused of illegal grilling in front of her home in East New York, according to the the NY Daily News.

    The incident was caught on camera, and images released Monday show a police officer with arms around the neck and torso of 27-year-old Brooklyn resident Rosan Miller as her 7-year-old daughter stands nearby and witnesses the event.

    According to the New York Post, officers approached Miller’s husband, Moses, who was grilling on the sidewalk, and asked that he relocate to the back yard. However, Moses reportedly refused to submit his ID and walked away before officers reportedly grabbed him and tried to make an arrest.

    This prompted Miller and her brother to get involved in an effort to stop the police from making an arrest. Instead, officers then allegedly
    placed Miller in a chokehold.

    “She was grilling in front of her home, not committing any crime,”
    former city councilman Charles Barron said at a press conference Monday.Barron also claimed that at least one of the officers called Miller’s husband the N-word, the Post reports.

    THERE IS MORE —- –

    — –NYC-Penal Code #38572 — –“GRILLIN’ WHILE – -BLAH”. . .

    THIS is outta hand!!- –Thought what was —ILLEGAL- —was —
    — –“The CHOKEHOLD!!” — geesh!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥- – – WHA’???- — –
    – – -Images show NYPD officer putting pregnant woman in chokehold- –
    – – -In a matter of days, a number of cases have been reported involving chokehold incidents by officials from the New York City Police Department.

    The latest case in this string of events involves a pregnant woman
    who was allegedly placed in a chokehold by an unidentified NYPD official after she was accused of illegal grilling in front of her home in East New York, according to the the NY Daily News.

    The incident was caught on camera, and images released Monday show a police officer with arms around the neck and torso of 27-year-old Brooklyn resident Rosan Miller as her 7-year-old daughter stands nearby and witnesses the event.

    According to the New York Post, officers approached Miller’s husband, Moses, who was grilling on the sidewalk, and asked that he relocate to the back yard. However, Moses reportedly refused to submit his ID and walked away before officers reportedly grabbed him and tried to make an arrest.

    This prompted Miller and her brother to get involved in an effort to stop the police from making an arrest. Instead, officers then allegedly
    placed Miller in a chokehold.

    “She was grilling in front of her home, not committing any crime,”
    former city councilman Charles Barron said at a press conference Monday.Barron also claimed that at least one of the officers called Miller’s husband the N-word, the Post reports.

    THERE IS MORE —- –

    — –NYC-Penal Code #38572 — –“GRILLIN’ WHILE – -BLAH”. . .

    THIS is outta hand!!- –Thought what was —ILLEGAL- —was —
    — –“The CHOKEHOLD!!” — geesh!!

  • lamh

    @CENTRICTV 11s
    Protesters Pressure Harlem Church To Remove Anti-Obama, Gay Hate Speech. —> http://bit.ly/XaY1Mk

  • lamh

    @CENTRICTV 11s
    Protesters Pressure Harlem Church To Remove Anti-Obama, Gay Hate Speech. —> http://bit.ly/XaY1Mk

  • GreenLadyHere

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    Sickening!

    @YahooNews: Congress scrambling to seal $225M boost to Israel’s Iron Dome before they break this week for month-long recess: http://t.co/5YzhYRJ260

    • crazycanuck

      That is why the nut keeps doing what he is doing. Why stop?

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    Yes, I am screaming!!!

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  • GreenLadyHere

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    – — –THAT! —He is. :>) —

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  • GreenLadyHere

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